Introducing GL Studio 6

Create complex user interface functionality
without writing a single line of code.

GL Studio 6 builds upon DiSTI’s industry leading user interface development capabilities making UI content creation even easier. Create UI functionality by manipulating graphical logic elements rather than typing code.

Introducing State Machines

If you can use Photoshop,
you can build a user interface.

The all-new State Machine capability allows users to create the logic that drives the user interface with simple easyto-use blocks. This new capability allows users to create intricate user interfaces regardless of their skill level.

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GL Studio State Machine

Sharing designs, behaviors, and tools between projects has never been easier.

Simply drag-and-drop a GL Studio Package into the Designer and presto. You’ve expanded what you can do with GL Studio. This feature allows your project team to benefit from advances made by other project teams throughout your company, by DiSTI’s product and support team, or from our ever growing base of GL Studio users.

The new animation system breathes life into your interface.

Animation blocks allow you to specify how properties change over time using predefined animation curves. This simple yet powerful capability brings your interface to life quickly and easily.

Big Text

Big Text

Go large with high resolution text.

With the ever-increasing popularity of 4K displays, you’ll need to go large with your text if you want to read it. Coupled with the v5.1 release of the Complex Text Layout text box to support rendering complex languages, the new high resolution text will satisfy all your typography needs.

Conceptualize, develop, and deploy.

GL Studio enables the real-time creation of interactive 2D and 3D user interface content through a WYSIWYG designer, eliminating the need to write cumbersome low-level graphical code. Perform geometry creation using intuitive tools for drawing, grouping, ordering, and texturing. Publish cross-platform desktop and embedded applications executing on the highest performing runtime UI engine on the market.

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GL Studio UH-60 Cockpit

Form, functionality, and life-like replication.

GL Studio produces the highest quality gauges and controls for use across multiple domain spaces. Whether creating life-like replications for simulation & training applications or creating new UI displays for embedded tactical devices, GL Studio delivers on form, function, and fidelity.

Additional Features


In addition to these major improvements, GL Studio 6 also includes these new features and updates:

  • Photoshop drag-and-drop importer enhancements
  • Dockable HTML5 Dialog windows in the GL Studio Designer
  • Enhanced change tracking of externally linked art assets
  • Automated Visual Studio Project Wizards
  • GL Studio iOS toolkit updates to the latest Apple iOS
  • Create custom shader effects using prebuilt behaviors
  • Prebuilt Raspberry Pi build environment
  • GL Studio API enhancements
  • GL Studio Designer enhancements
  • GL Studio Map Toolkit enhancements

User Interface Designers
want a UI tool that’s
quick and easy to use.
Programmers
want a UI tool that’s
flexible to use.
User Interface Designers
want a UI tool that’s
quick and easy to use.
Programmers
want a UI tool that’s
flexible to use.
User Interface Designers
want a UI tool that’s
quick and easy to use.
Programmers
want a UI tool that’s
flexible to use.
User Interface Designers
want a UI tool that’s
quick and easy to use.
Programmers
want a UI tool that’s
flexible to use.

GL Studio 5.1 is the first user interface tool that offers the best of both worlds without compromising performance, safety, and reliability. GL Studio’s editor now enhances collaboration between the two development roles which already exist separately on most projects – the User Interface Designer and the Software Developer. The editor allows you to customize your project specific workflows to bridge the gap and reduce development time and cost.

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UI Workflow for UI Designers

We’re using the capabilities built into GL Studio 5 to rapidly expand user functionality. This new workflow allows non-programmers to easily import objects with drag-and-drop support, develop target-system compliant interface graphics, and interactively preview and test the UI.


Drag and Drop Graphical Assets

Use the drag and drop method for importing objects into the editor. Simply import the file you need from any source and drag and drop to quickly create the UI layout. Set custom property values in editor to configure objects.

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Maintain External Asset Linkage

The new designer workflow and runtime maintain awareness of any art asset manipulations made after importing the content. Externally sourced content can maintain linkage to the original files. As the external file updates, it will be automatically re-imported without losing any local changes.

Interactive Preview Capabilities

You can preview UI functionality instantly in any modern web browser with a one-click publishing step to WebGL. The browser window provides graphical access to the interface, and a table of the associated properties that drive it, allowing you to test the user experience. Just hit one button to preview your work.

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Single Push-button Deployment

The single push button deployment allows designers to rapidly visualize and interact with the user interface directly on the target hardware.


UI Workflow for UI Programmers

GL Studio allows you to give your UI designer more control upfront. Create custom controls and objects with project specific Python scripts. The scripts allow any programmer; DiSTI, you, or a software partner to create project specific functions and features that show up in the GL Studio 5 Designer.


Create Custom Objects

Easily create new custom objects that extend the out-of-the-box functionality of GL Studio (import new source, create custom behaviors, whatever). You are not limited to the standard features in GL Studio. Simply create customized objects with scripts for your UI designer.

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New Project Files

Programmers can define project files that add project specific custom functionality to the GL Studio Designer. Projects provide shortcuts for tools, actions, and assets right from the editor. The project file is customizable for every project so the designers have immediate access to all the project assets they require.

Skip the IDE

Yes, we said it before, but it’s worth noting again because you control it. The single push button deployment can be customized for any target deployment platform. Enable your UI Designer to rapidly visualize and interact with the interface on the target hardware with the click of a button. Now that’s being productive!

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Additional Features


In addition to these workflow improvements GL Studio 5.1 also includes the following new features:

  • Complex Text Layout (CTL) Text Box – Supports accurate rendering of complex languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Thai and Hindi
  • After Effects animation integration – Attach animation key frames from Adobe After Effects to the visual objects and behaviors
  • 9 Patch Support – Create 9 patch objects in seconds from the 9.png standard
  • Automated Optimization – New optimization capabilities for deploying runtime content on embedded target systems.
  • Japanese Designer Localization – The editor now includes Japanese to the list of supported languages including English, Korean, and Chinese
  • Non-power-of-two (NPOT) Texture – Support enabled on graphics hardware that offer this feature
  • Visual Studio 2015 – Added compiler support for Visual Studio 2015

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